WELCOME TO THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

Learn more about the availability of Cobell Scholarship funds, deadlines, eligibility and all related forms necessary to complete the application process as administered by Indigenous Education, Inc.

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ABOUT THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP

Indigenous Education, Inc. promotes The Cobell Scholarship’s goal to provide applicants and inquirers with the most beneficial information regarding this carefully established scholarship opportunity.

Our History

Learn more about the history behind the Cobell vs. Salazar litigations and the ultimate example of unwavering dedication, hard work and victory against all odds.

Elouise Cobell

In 1996, banker Elouise Cobell became the lead plaintiff in a class action suit, demanding back payment and better accounting on Individual Indian Money Accounts managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Thirteen years later, the federal government settled for $3.4 billion, the largest settlement in U.S. history.

MEET THE COBELL SCHOLARSHIP ADMINISTRATOR, INDIGENOUS EDUCATION, INC.

The Cobell Scholarship is administered by Indigenous Education, Inc. whose growing staff of individuals are committed to the overall success of the program and each awarded recipient.

Melvin Monette-Barajas

Melvin Monette-Barajas President and Executive Director

Bridget Neconie

Bridget Neconie Director of Scholarships

Mary Jane Cordova

Mary Jane Cordova Office Manager

Maloni Fox

Maloni Fox Scholarship Associate

Julia Mosconi

Julia Mosconi Nonprofit Management Intern

Shea Gonzales Scholarship Associate

RECIPIENT EXPERIENCES

  • I am graduating in May from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for all the support received from the Cobell Scholarship while obtaining my degree. The Cobell Scholarship has helped tremendously in my academic success and assisted in achieving my goal. I am a first generation college student; and with me about to receive my degree I feel that I am helping pave the way for other Native youth in my community.

    April Davis(web)
    April Davis
  • I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this semester with a BS in Public Service and Public Policy w/ an emphasis in American Indian Studies and obtaining a certificate for Leadership and Ethics from the college of Public Service and Community Solutions. I intend on returning in the Spring of 16'-17' to obtain a concurrent MPA and MS in American Indian Studies. I'm presently working fulltime as a fire captain for so my hands are pretty busy.

    K.Sanderson(web)
    K. Sanderson

MEET OUR STUDENTS

Indeed there is strength in numbers and here is a look at some past and present strong recipients of the Cobell Scholarship. To suggest a student profile, email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Melanie Racine is currently a sophomore at Rocky Mountain College in which she is majoring in Social Studies education. She is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe; born and raised in Cut Bank, MT. Her aspiration is to become a school teacher but she is also interested in psychology. She is very active at her institution; some of her activities include organizing events for the Students for Academic Success program which is a mentoring program, and also taking part in the LEAP mentoring program. She enjoys participating in powwows and dances. During her free time she writes for the Odyssey Online, if you wish to see her articles you can check them out at www.theodysseyonline.com/@melanieracine.

Danielle Peterson is a graduate student who attends the University of Montana pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Management. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. During her undergraduate career; she was the president of the Salish Kootenai College (SKC) chapter of American Business Leaders. She also received honorable mentions for her bead work and flute at the SKC art show and is a mother of two, all while maintaining a 4.0. She aspires to one day run for tribal council and help her community by educating them on the importance of higher education.

I am graduating in May from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. I am very thankful for all the support received from the Cobell Scholarship while obtaining my degree. The Cobell Scholarship has helped tremendously in my academic success and assisted in achieving my goal. I am a first generation college student; and with me about to receive my degree I feel that I am helping pave the way for other Native youth in my community.

I will be graduating Summa Cum Laude this semester from Arizona State University with a BS in Public Service and Public Policy w/ an emphasis in American Indian Studies and obtaining a certificate for Leadership and Ethics from the college of Public Service and Community Solutions. I intend on returning in the Spring of 16′-17′ to obtain a concurrent MPA and MS in American Indian Studies. I’m presently working full-time as a fire captain so my hands are pretty busy.”

Frequently Asked Questions

For all other questions that are not answered here, please email scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

            Applying and eligibility FAQs

            Selection FAQs

            Post Acceptance FAQs

            Additional FAQs

COBELL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Both Merit-based and Need-based, the competitive Cobell Scholarship is annual, non-renewable, and available to any post-secondary (after high school) student who is; an enrolled Federally-Recognized Tribal Member, attending full-time, fully admitted and degree-seeking, and attending any nationally, regionally and industry accredited non-profit, public and private, institution. Applicants must be pursuing a vocational certificate or diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, professional degree or certificate. All applicants must demonstrate an unmet need as indicated below.

Below you will find the two (2) required forms that must be completed, submitted to their respective offices and returned to the Cobell Scholarship by the posted deadline(s).

In addition, all applicants must be prepared to upload a PDF version of their collective and most recent transcript(s) to the online Cobell Scholarship application.

Application questions can be submitted at the bottom of this webpage.


Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) – to be submitted to the institution financial aid office

Indigenous Education, Inc. Financial Needs Analysis is no longer accessible for the 2016/2017 academic year.  The 2017/2018 form will be available in February of 2017. To be considered for priority Academic Year 2016/2017 funding, this form was due on June 1 (not postmarked and not faxed), without exception. Revisions were accepted to updates submitted and completed files until July 15, 2016. Late forms were accepted for a Prioritized or Secondary Waiting List until July 15, 2016.


Tribal Eligibility Form (TEF) – to be submitted to the enrollment office of the applicant’s affiliated tribe

Indigenous Education, Inc. Tribal Enrollment Form is no longer accessible for the 2016/2017 academic year. The 2017/2018 form will be available in February of 2017. To be considered for priority Academic Year 2016/2017 funding, this form was due on June 1 (not postmarked and not faxed), without exception. Late forms were accepted for a Prioritized or Secondary Waiting List until July 15, 2016.

*Note: If you submitted a TEF for the AY16/17, you will not need to resubmit it in the future.


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RESOURCEFUL LINKS

Many online resources are available and the Indigenous Education, Inc. staff will work to continuously compile and maintain this list of links that can provide applicants with the most helpful information possible.

To suggest resources for this page, email information to scholarships@cobellscholar.org.

Financial Aid Resources


Federal Student Aid – Find out how to complete the FAFSA and maintain your federal student aid profile.  Great resources for families as well as individual students.

The American Indian College Fund – The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to students attending Tribal College and University students, and undergraduate and graduate students attending any other accredited public and non-profit private college all across the United States.

The American Indian Graduate Center – The AIGC provides scholarships to American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at accredited institutions as full-time, degree-seeking students.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society – AISES provides scholarships to students and provides so much more in student leadership, mentorship, involvement and service.

Scholarship Opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students is a resources page maintained by the federal Bureau of Indian Education.

Testing for College and Graduate School


The PSAT and SAT are administered by the College Board

The ACT suite of products and services can be found here

GRE – the Graduate Record Exam

GMAT – the Graduate Management Admission Test is administered by the Graduate Management Admission Council

LSAT – the Law School Admissions Test is administered by the Law School Admissions Council

MCAT – the Medical College Admission Test is administered by the Association of Medical Colleges.

PCAT – the Pharmacy College Admission Test is a specialized test that helps identify qualified applicants to pharmacy colleges.

DCAT – the Dental College Admission Test is administered by the American Dental Association.

Other Resource Links


COLLEGE HORIZONS – is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day “crash course.”  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.

GRADUATE HORIZONS – a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).

BIG FUTURE is a program of the College Board designed to help students track their own path to college and career.

Study Public Health, Change the World – find out if Public Health is for you

The public health profession cuts across many different disciplines. Use the SOPHAS Academic Program Finder to search degree programs from over 80 schools and programs.

Contact us at your convenience

The Cobell Scholarship Team is available to address any questions or concerns regarding the scholarship process or other related inquiries. Simply complete and submit the form below.

Indigenous Education, Inc.
The Cobell Scholarship
6501 Americas Parkway NE Ste 825
Albuquerque NM 87110

Direct: (505) 313-0032

Toll Free: (844) 551-0650

scholarships@cobellscholar.org

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